My Transgender Daughter at an LAUSD Elementary

My Transgender Daughter at an LAUSD Elementary

Everything seemed to be going smoothly until “the note” arrived. A few weeks into the school year, Ally found an anonymous letter stuffed in her backpack that read (in children’s writing), “You are a boy, not a girl, get that thru your head.” This was very hurtful and upsetting to Ally. She tore up the note and cried, not understanding why someone would want to be so mean.

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It’s Not Just Special Needs Kids Who Benefit From Inclusive Schools Like WISH

It’s Not Just Special Needs Kids Who Benefit From Inclusive Schools Like WISH

When you hear about “inclusive” schools, you hear about the massive benefits they have for kids with special needs. While the importance of that cannot be overstated, there is an equally profound impact on typical students without special needs – like mine – that is often overlooked.

Their entire attitude toward people who are different from them was shaped by the values instilled by WISH, and it has carried over to the rest of their lives. 

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Pattie Fitzgerald: This Is How Schools Should Deal with Bullying

Pattie Fitzgerald: This Is How Schools Should Deal with Bullying

Nearly one out of four students reported being bullied during the school year, according to a 2015 report from the National Center for Education Statistics.  The stats are even worse if a child identifies as LGBTQ, with most of the bullying peaking in middle school. The consequences are alarming, with more and more victims inflicting self-harm, including cutting and suicide attempts. 

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